The Sauk County Republican Party adopted a resolution rejecting the candidacy (alt abbreviated version) of Dick Leinenkugel for United States Senate. The Sauk GOP’s press release begins trashing Leinenkugel’s role in the Doyle administration, a move we expected from the right-wing. Following a weak beer joke the release gets interesting — after a list of Sauk GOP goals, the group essentially calls for a purity standard for candidates from the Republican National Committee;
WHEREAS, the Republican National Committee has failed to provide a process for vetting candidates who uphold these principles; and
Strange that the Sauk County Republicans, who describe themselves as “grass-roots” are looking to the national party organization to apply standards to candidates in Wisconsin.
Or not-so-strange. This type of local/individual-control hypocrisy is typical from the GOP. They want limited government, except when they don’t want it. If sensibilities are violated, morality offended, legislate away! Amend the constitution to ban gay marriage, but health insurance for millions treads on me!
If the Republican base continues to insist on moving right, young conservatives will continue to leave the party. That don’t confront me none, but Democrats — take note. Be progressive, but pragmatic. Forward, for Wisconsin.
The MATC part-time faculty (early allies of Pretty Important) has made significant gains in their quest for fair(er) treatment, relative to full-time teachers.
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Dick Leinenkugel enters the race for the Republican nomination by rehashing tired GOP talking points and attacking the record of Senator Feingold. No surprise there, after 18 months in the Doyle administration Leinenkugel has to flex his conservative credentials to win the primary, and baseless attacks are the foundation of modern conservatism.
Leinenkugel goes after Feingold’s record on terrorism, civil liberties and jobs. Saying Feingold voted for “government running car companies” Leinenkugel makes a statement that not only isn’t true, but ignores the tens of thousands of blue collar jobs saved.
Leinekugel accuses Feingold of refusing to “treat terrorists like terrorists.” Senator Feingold has a strong record fighting terrorism. Worse, Leinenkugel chastises Feingold for voting “against the Patriot Act — twice.” My response? Hell yes Feingold voted against the Patriot Act — twice.
The impetus of the controversy around Leinenkugel’s campaign, his website, does little to make the former Commerce Secretary’s case. The main page features a large picture of Senator Feingold (probably not the best idea as Jason Haas points out) that the Leinenkugel campaign may have acquired by a Google image search of “feingold reid.” I doubt either the Brad Blog or Senatus owns the image, but Leinenkugel would be wise not taking chances after his first online folly, that picture better be public domain.
Back to the meat of LeinenkugelForSenate.com the main page states;
“Dick Leinenkugel has been listening to Wisconsinites for over 30 years. What has Russ done with his time as Senator?”
Well… listening to approximately 61,652 Wisconsinites at the 72 listening sessions held each year for the last 18 years? I can’t believe another candidate is using this angle, but Leinenkugel is taking the Terrence Wall approach, claiming that despite all these listening sessions, Feingold isn’t listening. Or at least I assume that is Leinenkugel’s implication. The site doesn’t answer the question it asks.
Leinenkugel’s “On the Issues” section mentions some combination of “Obama, Reid and Pelosi” four times. Instead of actually giving his take on the issues as Senator Feingold does, Leinenkugel plays the politics of blame.
Not what Wisconsin wants in a Senator.
Pundit Nation has an update to the Live Action stunt at a Milwaukee Planned Parenthood, in which an actor posing as a 14 year old claims to be pregnant by a 31 year old. From the Journal-Sentinel;
“Milwaukee prosecutors have declined to charge anyone at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin over an undercover video released by an anti-abortion group in February.”
“Deputy District Attorney Patrick Kenney said the situation in the video “raises the issue of legal impossibility,” because the purported pregnant 14-year-old was neither pregnant nor a child.”
Exactly the case made here at Pretty Important. A big thank you to the anti-choice attention seekers at Live Action for wasting the valuable time of the District Attorney’s office. With the state already facing a prosecutor shortage and real crime, protests against legal activity is not something prosecutors should have to deal with.
Not to give up, Live Action just released another heavily edited video shot in a Milwaukee Planned Parenthood clinic. Pro-Life Wisconsin director Peggy Hamill takes the opportunity to praise Live Action and reminisce on her time as a “sidewalk counselor” outside clinics. I can only imagine the harm done by “sidewalk counselors,” if this is the PLW idea of the truth about emergency contraception (note comic sans font).
Time is short so I’ll end with this — The right wing extols limited government. Until it wants the government to control something. So goes their flawed ideology. Support Planned Parenthood.
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A lot of money from a lot of people — that’s Russ Feingold’s first quarter fundraising and cash on hand figures. The campaign has managed to put $4.26 million in the bank, $1.34 in the first quarter alone, with an average contribution of just $51. Good news for Wisconsin progressives.
Thing aren’t looking so good for the opposition, flip-flops abound.
A June 2007 In Business article by Terrence Wall sang the praises of a commuter rail project proposed by liberal Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, who also received multiple campaign contributions from Wall. Meanwhile in this month’s IB Wall is ardently opposed to a rail project, partially due to the cost. Nevermind that Madison-Milwaukee high speed rail would be paid for by stimulus money, meant to put people back to work. There is more to the article, Wall makes some legitimate points that need a response but time is running short. Abridged explanation: Wall can’t support any rail project at this point, as the response of his party to any Democratic idea is “no.”
Tommy Thompson continues the flip-flop dance with his new partner being an exploratory committee. First Tommy for health care reform, then against it; for the stimulus (profiting from it), then against it. Now Will-he-Won’t-he Tommy appears ready to go ahead with the committee. Does he really want to run or just see his name in the papers? We’ll find out…in a couple months.
Dave Westlake hasn’t pulled a flip-flop since the sneaky reversal on campaign donations. Westlake is more interesting than flip-flops. This video released last week features Westlake saying he learned to “shoot a gun before learning how to ride a bike,” “children going to hunter’s safety classes have been demonized,” and finally “our second amendment rights have been eroded.” Westlake then rapidly fires seven rounds from a pistol before eying up the camera.
The problem is our second amendment rights are not being eroded. The Supreme Court threw out a decades-old handgun ban in Washington DC. The assault weapon ban expired in 2004 and Senator Feingold does not support a new one. Using “the-government-wants-to-take-your-guns” line is campaigning to the lowest common denominator and a shameful tactic.
Changing your mind is fine when done for a legitimate reason. Scrutinizing one’s position on an issue is not a weakness. However, changing a position to score political points is. Senator Feingold’s competition shifts their stance to stay in lockstep with the Republican party. Feingold votes to protect the people of Wisconsin.
More trash from Terrence Wall;
The La Crosse Tribune link from Wall is a letter to the editor containing lies about the health care law, from Rob Jesmer of Washington DC. Why is a citizen of Washington DC writing a letter to the La Crosse Tribune? Rob Jesmer is the Executive Director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the letter “refutes” a previous piece written by Senator Feingold for the paper.
So why is Terrence Wall linking to it? Wall almost exclusively links to writings containing dubious “facts,” but in recommending Jesmer’s letter Wall gets the added benefit of a shout out to the director of a committee that funds Republican Senate candidates. Wall is rich but he doesn’t want to waste all his money on a failed run for Senate. Of course the NRSC doesn’t want to waste their money on a failed Senate run either, leaving Wall with plenty more to do to prove himself worthy.
The real estate millionaire comes out swinging at new challenger Dick Leinenkugel (who also has problems). In a video released today the campaign questions Leinenkugel’s Republican credentials and associates the former Commerce Secretary with Governor Doyle and the high unemployment rate. Some nice animation and a cameo from Gary Coleman make it an enjoyable 45 seconds.
Jesmer’s letter was probably borne of frustration. He doesn’t have much to work with in Wisconsin. Dave Westlake’s candidacy still seems like a joke, with the blaze orange gimmick. Wall, despite his deep pockets is a terrible politician. Wall’s right about Dick Leinenkugel however, the man has a lot to answer for from Republicans after his stint as Doyle’s Commerce Secretary, but that doesn’t help Jesmer. Finally, Tommy won’t make up his mind until the state GOP convention at the end of May. With a field like that the director needs to blow off some steam, however misleadingly he may choose to do so.
Jesper’s letter managed to get one thing right — voters will hold Feingold accountable in November. Accountable for providing millions of Americans access to health care. Thank you Senator Feingold.
The DPW reports Dick Leinenkugel used a state telephone line as the contact for a website he registered Monday, leinenkugelforsenate.com. I doubt Leinenkugel was trying to campaign on the state’s dime, the action was more of a glaring oversight than anything. As xoff points out Leinenkugel isn’t even at that number anymore. Regardless, it doesn’t look good for the campaign.
More interesting is why exactly is Dick Leinenkugel running? Cory Liebmann poses three good questions, the first being who (if anyone) recruited Jim Doyle’s Secretary of Commerce, in charge of wrangling the hated stimulus money, to run for Senate as a Republican?
“Who knows? Maybe it could be big biz folks and/or Tommy loyalists that recruited him. Or maybe it was the national Republican big-wigs that have been so desperate to get a real candidate.”
Xoff predicted yesterday if Leinenkugel’s in, Tommy’s out of the Senate race. That’s a fair prediction, with either one running there would be two candidates with government experience in the race, although Tommy isn’t technically “in” the race (yet?).
Regardless of Is He In? Tommy’s decision, I’m guessing Terrence Wall will drop out first. I believe Dave Westlake when he says he’s in it until the end even if Tommy runs, mostly because he’s never had much of a chance to begin with and is still sticking it out. Terrence Wall said the same thing, but of course a candidate won’t acknowledge dropping out if a potential candidate enters.
Wall says he talks to Thompson once a month. That relationship alone tells me that a man who has never won an election in his life would drop out if an acquaintance and seasoned politician stepped in. More importantly, Wall’s campaign has been nothing short of embarrassing. Three prominent Milwaukee right-wing radio show hosts gave his candidacy three thumbs down. His Twitter feed is a diagram for being out of touch with regular people. Wall has dropped at least $275,000 into his campaign so far. He will need to either spend more in the fruitless pursuit of a Senate seat, or cut his losses and go back to the real estate business he is actually good at.
I think things look pretty good for Feingold.
Mark Neumann may be bragging about his Facebook following but Democrats Tom Barrett and Russ Feingold have the edge in new new media.
Barrett launched a SayNow profile today, allowing people to call 414-395-1855 and leave a message for Tom and the campaign. The messages are available for anyone to listen to, with ideas on job creation ranging from tax cuts to beautifying buses, personal stories, constructive criticism and “I hope your hand gets better” well wishes. SayNow appears to be used mostly by entertainers, a candidate for public office utilizing the platform is intriguing.
Senator Feingold recently launched a mobile messaging program allowing users to sign up for text message updates. The vote for predictions of sausage race winners on opening day was brilliant, though I missed my chance to cast a ballot. Text RUSS to 91990 to sign up for the updates.
But don’t forget to tell your friends IRL to vote for the candidate that actually brings jobs to Milwaukee and the senator fighting for the regular citizens of Wisconsin. Being good at the internet doesn’t win elections yet.
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Rumor has it Doyle administration Commerce Secretary Dick Leinenkugel is going after the Republican nomination for US Senate. Working to Leinenkugel’s advantage among the GOP base, he has a solid business background. To his disadvantage, he left the private sector to join the Doyle administration. Tommy Thompson supported health care reform before he was against it. Terrence Wall donated to Democrats. If that bothered Republicans I can’t imagine them looking kindly upon a (potential) candidate working for a governor involved in;
“selling out good-paying jobs in order to advance his own liberal agenda and political allies.”
Xoff says if Leinenkugel is in the race, Tommy is out, and describes Leinenkugel as a RINO. A Google search reveals the remnants of a blog post from the Republican Party of Wisconsin that doesn’t appear complimentary of the Commerce Secretary. He should have quit the Doyle administration to bring back Northwoods Lager.
While on the subject of potential future losers of a Senate race, I must point out a recent T Wall Tweet;
Once again the millionaire is out of touch with the rest of Wisconsin. We needed health care reform because many people not only can’t have all the insurance they want, they can’t have any insurance at all. Buy yourself a new campaign handler Wall, these kind of statements need to stop if you want a chance at the nomination.